What time you should go to bed to avoid feeling tired the next day – The Sun

WE all know it's better to hit the hay sooner rather than later for a restful night of sleep.

But do you know what time of night is your ideal bedtime to feel refreshed in the morning?

Lucky for us, blind and curtain company Hillarys has come up with a nifty calculator to help you work our the perfect time of night to turn in.

A rep from the company said: "Getting a good night's sleep is about more than simply going to bed early – it's about waking up at the right time too.

"Using a formula based on the body's natural rhythms, the Sleep Calculator will work out the best time for you to rise or go to sleep."

Science says a sleep cycle lasts for around 90 minutes. You should aim to get through five or six sleep cycles a night.

Waking up mid-sleep cycle disrupts the body's natural flow and will leave you feeling tired and grumpy.

The good news is, the sleep calculator doesn't necessarily recommend going to bed early.

Instead, you should plan your bed time so you're able to sleep through a complete 90-minute cycle.

For example, if you need to wake up at 7 am, Hilary's sleep calculator reckons you're best off going to bed at 9:46 pm, 11:16 pm, 12:46 am or 2:16 am.

The recommendations are based on the idea most people take around 14 minutes to go to sleep.

For a better chance of a good night's rest, the NHS website also advises having a regular bedtime routine and aiming for between six and nine hours of rest a night.

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